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Education & Tech, was created to build hope that education based on social technologies, can transform the new century, and enable abundance not only spiritually but economically. Milton Ramirez, Ed.D. - @tonnet is the founder & editor. He is a teacher, tech blogger, writes on education, and hails this blog from Union, NJ. For further questions, tips or concerns please e-mail him to:miltonramirez [at] educationandtech [dot] com

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If you are a regular to Blog Education & Tech, you shall remember that I am a blogger and I'd written a post about education almost everyday since 2003. Education & Tech provides you with education news, expert tech advice, classroom management ideas, and social media tools for educators, administrators, parents and k-12 students.

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5 Bookmark Tools Every Educator Should Have

With the internet increasingly growing, it's important all educators learn how evaluate information but also how to keep record of parts they think are the most relevant in their careers or for future reference and possibly research.

The following are the tools we've evaluated and we think it'll help our colleague educators:

1. This is a social bookmarking service, similar to the almost dead delicious. Licensed under GNU, a General Public License. It lets users store URLs – bookmarks – with tags to make them easy to organize and share. You can subscribe to other users' bookmarks and get a stream of interesting things to read in your inbox.

2. This site allows you to highlight text on the page, then generates a new url that features the text you highlighted. You are going to be able to share this new url (via email, Twitter, or Facebook) and the recipient will see the webpage you shared with the highlighted text featured.

3.Sorify. Still in private Beta, Storify is a new platform for curating social media content. It's a resource for finding news and information. And if you need to tell stories that incorporate a mix of links, videos, and social media, give Storify a try.

4. . bridges the gap between Twitter Favorites and social bookmarking. It allows you to create “bundles” of tweets which are similar to folders of favorites. You can curate (i.e. add tweets to a bundle) either in the website itself using multi-column view of your timeline – the Bundler or by adding the Google Chrome extension which will add a “Curate” button to your regular Twitter web view.

5. Socially Learning. Technically this site works as a social network, but not for everyone. All members are teachers, education administrators, students, and other like-minded people. You can share your favorite links and watch as other users vote them up or down. The difference between Digg and Socially Learning is that this site is for only educational links.

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Education & Tech's Editor Interviewed by Global Voices

This past week, I was interviewed by Global Voices Online. Even though that questionnaire was general and more about Milton Ramirez and blogging, there was one question about education. Here's our appreciation about Latin America education environment:

How do you view the dynamic of technology applied to education, above all in the Latin American setting?

I would like to have a sufficient foundation to be able to voice my opinion about that which happens in Latin America. Unfortunately, my knowledge in closely related to my environment, the United States. Now, that does not exempt me from stating my own criticisms about what I know about education in the rest of the world.

Historically, in Latin America, one of the countries that has distinguished itself in educational material is Argentina. And those who want a first hand example simply have to read Tiscar Lara [es], Rosa MarĂ­a Torres [es] or Diego Leal [es].

Despite many efforts, however, our countries have not been able to liberate themselves from UNESCO and the surplus from the Alliance for Progress. It continues to glorify two tools as though they're some sort of magical cure for all of the problems with technology in our schools: projectors and PowerPoint slides.

Our educators still believe that technology is something imposed upon us by the empire –the United States. This could not be further from reality. Technology and the curriculum are the mediums. The educators are the ones who are called upon to bring this synchronization to life. And in a world that is so high tech, it's a sin that elementary and high schools, as well as universities, do not bring themselves up to date on these materials.

The problem with everything is the funds and with the crisis enveloping every corner of the Earth, the implementation of technology in these centers goes from being extremely limited to totally absent.

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